By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, July 2 (PNA) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) initiated earthquake drills near the Manila Bay area is the first large-scale emergency drill held in the Philippine capital, Mayor Joseph Estrada said Wednesday.
Drills involved response actions on magnitude 7.2 and magnitude 5.8 tremors along with fires that might take place in the aftermath of such disasters, he said.
Speaking on the sidelines, Estrada also expressed that the drills will create awareness on his constituents on how to deal safely with such events.
He stressed that this is also the first time for Manila that such a large-scale disaster prevention exercise took place.
The Manila mayor also hopes that the drills will give police officers, firefighters, teachers and city hall employees with the right mindset and attitude in dealing with such calamities strike the city.
Estrada added that the city government will try its best to acquire more modern rescue and disaster relief equipment to give more teeth and punch to its emergency workers. (PNA)